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[ri-strik-shuh-niz-uh m]
  1. a policy, especially by a national government or legislative body, of enacting restrictions on the amount of imported goods, immigration, etc.
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Origin of restrictionism

First recorded in 1935–40; restriction + -ism
Related formsre·stric·tion·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for restrictionism

Historical Examples

  • They have not followed the argument at all; they have only caught the catchwords of restrictionism.

    They Who Knock at Our Gates

    Mary Antin

  • If the Common Market should move toward protectionism and restrictionism, it would undermine its own basic principles.